A path of destruction has cut Auckland after a rare twister tore through New Zealand's biggest city on Thursday.
At least three people were killed and another seven were injured, the New Zealand Herald website said.
Another tornado struck Hamurana, near Rotorua.
In both sites, witnesses told of the powerful swirling winds, roaring noise and blinding rain, as well as the damage to homes, trees and power lines.
The Auckland storm hit a construction site in the suburban town of Hobsonville. Two of those killed were believed to be workers at the site, according to the Herald. A third victim was apparently struck by a falling tree.
At least 250 people were displaced as 150 homes were deemed "uninhabitable."
Near Rotorua, 40 children and 13 adults were evacuated from a school.
The outbreak of thunderstorms also unleashed torrential rain that triggered surface flooding across greater Auckland. Weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed rainfall of 1.8 inches at the Auckland airport.
There was also a tornado west of Auckland in September 2011.
While about 20 to 30 tornadoes touch down each year in New Zealand, tornado fatalities are rare, the Herald said.
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The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!